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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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964 Ratings
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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 23
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002)
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Photo of Crosling
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange. Very nice aroma of ripe, dripping apricots, citrus fruits, sweet malt and sugars. Sugary as hell in the flavor yet not cloying. Big, bursting fruity flavor with notes of tangerine, apricot, grapefruit and orange. Medium bodied but silky and smooth. A delightful beer.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color that's slightly clouded with bubbles of carbonation rising constantly. Large white head that leaves thin spotty lacing.

Belgian yeast smell up front. Some weizen lemon smell mixed in there.

Sweet yeast flavor with some wheaty taste mixed in there and lots of citrusy fruit.

Great full feel that's crisp and refreshing. I would love to have this beer more often.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a hazy golden orange with a decent, 2 finger off white head that slowly fades out. Small amounts of carbonation slowly pump up to the top. Remnants of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell if of citrusy sweetness with plenty of Belgian candy sugar, and yeastyness atop the malt and spice.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas with again, a sugary blast that is a mix of citrus, honey, and candy sugar with a touch of pepper and clove.
Mouthfeel is decent. Medium bodied, crisp, and sweetly spicey.

Photo of sweethome
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is an amber color with an orange tinge. White fluffy head. A little clean for a belgian style.

Love the nose...citrus fruits, yeast, candy sugar, and apricots. Alcohol too.

Lush mouthfeel - somewhat like a barleywine - velvet smooth on the palate, but so thick and full. Plenty of hops to balance the sweetness, but not as hoppy as most Avery beers - nicely balanced.

The flavors are bountiful...definintely dried apricots, some citrus, candy sugar, belgian yeast. Some hop flavors present. Nice tangy hops stick in back with all the residual sweetness. Just enough alcohol burn to let you know this is 9%.

For all the heft, it is a fairly easy drinking beer if you are used to the alcohol content.

An americanized version of a belgian, but the flavors can't be argued with. Some of my favorite belgians have more of a wild charachter, but this beer earns it's stripes with complexity, abundant flavor, and firm backbone. Bravo.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncovered 2 year old bottle from the Beeryard that was begging to be cracked. So I did!

Pours a golden amber rather light straw but is filled with a gaggle of rising bubbles to greet a frothy ivory dense cap that leaves a wall of lace. Did I mention tat the lace is impressive?

Aroma is subtle especially for the style. Some sourdough bread meets a spicy backing. A touch of citrus aroma.

First swigs: Brisk doughy lemon and a train wreck of flavors. Let's extricate the melee. A solid orange citus twinge meets a Tang drink powder. Plenty of awl-kee-hawl punch. Comingle of Belgian sugar that reminds me of a white wine chardonnay (sp?) and sherry. Lots of sherry.

Feel is tacky and thick. This is a milkshake beer. Overly thick? Too full? I won't argue. It's full.

Last swigs: An intersting interpretation. No frowns. Quite punchy. Too bad that this is only available in the case for us PA-vanians.

Beer is good. Hapy beering.

Photo of edbeered
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a honey colored golden ale, with a minimal head and little or no lacing. Smell is minimal and sweet. The taste is of peach and apricot, with a honey-like sweetness and a strong alcohol presence. There is no hop flavor to speak of.
The mouthfeel is rich and flavorful. This is 9% alcohol and tastes it, but it is also smooth and silky. A nice ale, whose drinkability is marred only by it's high alcohol content.

Photo of jaluria
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pored a nice translucent, copper color wiht a white, fluffy head that dissipated quickly and left a touch of lacing in my goblet. Moderate-high carbonation with large bubbles on the surface of the beer. Aromas of honey, melon, grass, and caramel. The taste was quite sweet with fruit flavors to offset subtle bitterness. Juicy, ripe fruit flavors were quite pronounced in this beer. Dry finish with lingering sweetness that develops turns sour over time. The biggest knock on this beer is that the aftertaste contained a chalky texture and flavor. It felt like I had taken a bite out of a piece of chalk. The aftertaste didn't bother me at first, but it continued for several hours after I finished the beer and was not enjoyable. As a result, the drinkability takes a drastic hit.

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey with a bubbly thin white head. Head retention and lacing are below average

Smell: Yeat, lemon, mown grass and fruit. A feast for the nose

Taste: Sourness/dryness hit you up front along a with a yeasty/stale hops taste. Finish is fruitty, dry and has a pronounced alcohol presence

MF: Slick, effervescent and and well carbonated

Drinkable enough, kind of reminds me of Duvel. But not really my style

Photo of Fish113d
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Kclingers Publik House in Etters, PA (just south of Harrisburg).

From a chilled 22 oz. bottle and poured into a Duvel large tulip glass, it pours a pretty honey color with a nice white lacy surface layer. The body is quite cloudy.

Very fruity nose (oranges and apricot or peach). A bit of drying alcohol hits my nose as well, and some sweet sugar cane maybe.

Sipping, it is a bit of sour apricots along with some citrus tones. Some bitterness comes from some grainy hops, and some alcohol hits toward the swallow. Mostly sweet in the middle, and a bit drying at the end. Aftertaste is rather sour. Interesting!

Tingly carbonation hits the front of my tongue and crosses over my palate nicely. Dead-on on style! A slight drying finish, and some alcohol bite on the back end. Nice!

Overall, I'm glad I got a 22 oz. bottle! I'm sure the 9% will also make this appealing to finish. However, probably the nicest Avery product I've had the opportunity to taste.

Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01/31/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle. The top is sealed in foil. Very nice presentation for the bottle label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clear pristine golden in color. No yeast or anything floating around. If held up it seems to take on an amber color, or even a mahogany color. Strange. Very slight gleaming white head which quickly evaporates. Light lacing appears in the glass.

Smell- Heavy spice scents with more than a hint of alcohol. Mostly corriander and clove with some peppery scents.

Taste- Clove and corriander, as caught in the nose, dominate the flavor. Seems a tad yeasty as well. A bit of a bitter hop taste comes into play in the aftertaste. Maybe a bit of a tropical fruit in the backing, but barley any if it exists.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level. Light sugary coating on the tongue. Smooth going down.

Drinkability- Easy drinker that seems a bit less of the 9% than is states. Nothing out of the ordinary though. Tastes decent enough and went down well. Worth a try if you get a chance.

Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber Pours a golden yellow color with some carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards. Scents of fruit, malt, and some spices. The taste is sweet, but tangy as well leaves a little bit of warmth in the throat. Medium body. Drinkable at the ABV. A nice offering from Avery.

Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow jello with a small cap of white dawning the top for a brief stay. A thinnly bubbled collar remains and lace is minimal with thin looping strings.

Stank, dark, old, past its prime citrus sitting in a basement aroma. Quite musty with a dryish yeast is prevalently upfront on this one and without much complexity. Gains an alcoholic plastic/elastic nudge as it warms.

Taste is tropical and deeply musted with candy coated yeasty dryness. Its quite a ride really. Some off areas in balance, the front and middle are the better areas. Kinda peachy, drafted with the fuzz from the skins right in there. Some old pineapple, red appley, and yellow raisin, or maybe, were once grapes but now are raisins because they've been sittin' a little too long. Ya know what I mean? The finish is drab and overstated with too much yeastyness, totally flattening out the once, interesting mixtures of over-ripe, not so ripe, tropical fruity tones and candyish malts.

Feel is smooth and quick with some very floating silkyness in a few areas where the malts do their thing. Carbonation is on the lighter side getting better as it warms; as it should.

A good brew with a few areas that made it less distinguished and impressionable then most of the Belgian Goldens out there. A good old fashion American try that works in most ways, but perhaps a bit understated and less complex then it could be.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice solid Avery offering. Pours a deep golden color into my tulip glass, with a 1-finger head that doesn't stick around too long. Aroma is enticing, with some peachy fruit and some spices and yeastyness. Taste is fruity. Melony .. some honeydew, cantelope. Perhaps a bit of peach. Some lightly nutty yeast is present, and the spicyness is more evident as it warms. Mouthfeel is a bit phenolic, and slightly undercarbonated. Very drinkable, though. All in all a good ale.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~Into a tulip glass, pours a medium dark golden amber, good head initially but didn't last long, but great lacing all the way down.
~A good whif of medium fruits and a hint of tea.
~I'm finding a nice group of fruity notes, a very Belgian feel to it. Some notes of light fruits like apricot, some coriander and clove, and some grassy hints. Light fruits turn to rind in aftertaste.
~Pretty light feel in the mouth, pretty smooth and a litttle lively due to alcohol.
~Pretty decent beer, not that outstanding but worth the price and another try sometime.

Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange, medium white head forms, some stringy lace. Smell is honey, caramel, citrus, yeast, floral hops. Taste is malty, with caramel and citrus, some floral hops and a little alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with high carbonation. This one was sitting around for a while so it smoothed out a bit, nice beer and better than expected.

Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: Poured a very nice golden color with slight ruby tones. The head was a nice foamy biege honey color. The head was shortly lived. Left solid lines of lacing down the glass.

Smell: A very pleasing combination of fruity goodness and spicy grass notes.

Taste: Sweet fruityness greets my mouth (apricots and citrus). In mid taste I am assaulted by peppery goodness that mellows into sweetness again.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Medium bodied ale with a creamy mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer. There is not a trace of the alcohol in the smell or taste of the ale. There is a nice balance between hops and malty sweetness in this ale.

Photo of SacoDeToro
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery's a solid brewery and they sure love their Belgians (beer that is).

This beer pours a nice crystal clear orange with no head. The aroma is distinctively fruity and Belgian with alcohol on the nose. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but style very drinkable. The bittering is very well rounded as a result of the use of Styrian Goldings and does a nice job of balancing out the sweet maltiness. I liked the fact that the bittering was on the high side for a Belgian golden ale as many of the imported Belgian goldens are a little too sweet for my taste.

This beer is only available in 22oz. bombers, so grab a friend and split a bottle. I'd recommend serving it up in a goblet or wide-mouthed tulip glass to enjoy the great aroma.

Photo of dren
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ahh I was expecting good things from this beer but it just didn't quite deliver. Avery makes some alright beers, but I think their high points are in the labels on the bottles.

Beer pours a slightly dark gold with a thin head. Citrus scent with some tea aroma too. Tastes about the same but with more hops than the beer needs. Do not get me wrong, I love my hopped up beers but this one just seems off. The flavors don't seem to mix well even though you would expect them too. After my initial taste I really was having a hard time distinguishing this beer from the Maharaja that I had a few days before. After a few more drinks I found that "Belgian" flavor that I was wanting. Not really a bad beer, just not what I was expecting. I enjoyed it as I do all beers, but I wouldn't purchase it again. The 9% alcohol content will make you feel quite nice too.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty aroma, cloudy orange, a nice head with lace. Hoppy yet creamy, grapefruit bitterness on palate. Another purposely over-the-top hopped-up Avery. Full mouthfeel, some spicyness and drying finish. Would have been fine with hope restraint. Maybe some cellaring. Thanks Tupalev.

Photo of scooter231
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, muddled copper color with a white frothy head that leaves a bubbly rim around the edges with a tich of delicate looking lacing. Nose is very sweet- almost smells like an oaked beer. Malty, with a bit of an iced tea tang to it and the barest hints of citrus. It's interesting... not pleasing, not offending, different.

Taste is full of sweet malts. Very fruity and citrusy with a bready backbone and more hints of iced tea. Still not sure about this guy- it's not bad at all, just... odd. The flavors do not get along as they should- it's all a bit muddled.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a tiiiich watery. As far as drinkability goes... well, the 9% is certainly extremely sneaky and hidden, but I'm not sure I could drink a bunch of these. I can see myself in the mood for this from time to time, but ultimately, there are many other Belgian Strong Pale Ales I'd rather be enjoying. Give it a shot.

Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer shows a slightly hazed shade of golden. Carbonation surfaces at a moderate pace. Thin white head disappears quickly and the rimming that is left behind leaves sparse lace. Aroma is warm, toasty and bready. Sweet and fruity too. The flavor improves on the nose. Becomes more pronounced. With bready malt tones forming a nice base. And fruity esters and phenolics mixing it up on top. Nicely spicy as well. Peppery. Mouthfeel is lively and the body is about light-medium. Alcohol is almost ghostly, but accentuates everything nicely. Good enough Belgian Golden here.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down one of the best American Made Belgian Pale Ales. Pours out to a dense golden color with some haziness to it. Minor notes of lace around the glass (tulip). Medium high level of carbonation is lower than many Beligans, but works very well in this brew. Smell is wonderfully inviting; aromas of malt, candy, sugar and yeast beg to be tasted. The flavor backs up the hype created by the aroma. Sweet floral hops, mild malt, sour dough, yeast, grain and sweet fruit swirl around the palate. Exceptional. Mouthfeel is medium to medium light bodied, making this brew very easy to drink, and letting the 9% ABV remain hardly noticable. Very good drinkability. This brew is worth the effort. World Class. Highly Recommended.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Avery pours a cloudy opaque yellow to orangish hue. A marvelous rocky head with nice staying power rises from this Belgian clone. The first wafts into the nostrils bring with them hints of lavender, lemon peel, apricot and some unidentifyable floral notes that I can't seem to place. Just like the nose, the taste produces tart, citric flavors on the sides of my tongue. An average malt backing here that manages to balance out this beer but just barely. While the flavor of this brew is not bad at all the aroma just had me coming back sniff after sniff after sniff. A wonderful attempt at a Belgian pale. Keep'em commin Avery!


Photo of DogFood11
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color with minimal head and lacing.

Comes across as an attempt at greatness that falls short. smell is of belgian yeast, light fruits and a wheat/grain cover.

malted / fruity but lacking any identity. Tastes more like a triple than a strong ale in my opinion. fine carbonation. backbone is slightly malted and very light. Mostly a fruity, carbonated jungle.

I haven't had much luck with this brewery and this is not an exception.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my bowl glass deep golden with a slight chill haze with a nice blooming white head that left a nice sheet of lace behind.Alcohol dipped fruit mainly citru orange and pineapple with a touch of phenolic spicey/yeastiness.Flavors are quite yeasty and spicey with the alcohol really coming in as it warms more,not as fruity maybe as I would have liked.A solid Avery offering not completely in ur face like some of their "big" offerings but quite good,I would drink again.

Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.